More Big Powder in California

With a forecast yesterday for a couple inches of snow, high winds, and the avalanche danger rated at Considerable in Colorado’s Front Range, we didn’t have high hopes for epic turns. We would have been happy to just sweat it out on the trail and get the touring legs back in shape for the upcoming touring season. Turns out what we got was a full-on 45-degree spring day with zero wind schralping spring mank. That’s a rare day this time of year touring out of the East Portal—one of the most notoriously windy and frigid zones of Colorado's Front Range.

Mammoth Mountain, CA, April 18--Powder chasers should head west this spring. An overnight storm whitened the mountains, bringing anywhere from 2-12 inches to ski resorts.

Bear Valley and Mammoth Mountain, both in the southern part of the state, are reporting a foot of new snow today. Further north, Kirkwood Resort netted between 8-12 inches and Heavenly got between 5-7 inches.

Most resorts are boasting bases well above 100 inches: Kirkwood 108-192 inches; Mammoth 96-144; and Boreal 96-120.

For the third year in a row, California ski resorts are setting up for an extended ski season. Several ski areas--including Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, and Squaw Valley--have already announced that they will be open through Memorial Day.

Forecasters are calling for more snow this week, which should give a boost to spring conditions.

Check out the California Snow Report